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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 8, 2010 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent Mydland

"It really did scare the beejeebers out of us ..." I remember vividly, seeing 'Go To Heaven' on the store racks for the first time and shouting out loud to no one in particular "Oh no, this can't be ... tell me this isn't for real ...". We debated for quite a while whether one of us could even muster the inner strength to purchase one, just to see if those 'merry pranksters' were just pulling a stunt on us all . . . the four of us had each been buying every dead album upon release from 'Anthem ...' on, and this was a serious challenge. I remember all of us sitting on the same couch listening to it, and feeling our collective souls sink deeper and deeper into the cracks of that old sofa. No one spoke as I turned over the album. The room had an air of a wake for a dear old friend - the perceived loss was that emphatic . . . an end of an era.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 8, 2010 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent Mydland

Ah--again, on you and Rosey here have confirmed this experience. Validation!

I think that the folks that came of age around then, and many of the regulars here, if I recall dates correctly, didn't start seeing them til late 70s, early 80s, and thus they didn't witness firsthand the transition from Skull and Roses albums/shows, to the last two albums of the late 70s, that really were a significant change. Sure, we'd had Wake, Mars, Blues, and Terrapin, but the last two, Shake and Heaven, were dramatic departures we all thought.

But again, live, I can see how folks didn't view it that way; if you were just getting into the DEAD, live, I can understand that you wouldn't have had the feelings those of us had that lived thru it...waiting each yr for the next release; you describe it perfectly.

I also had the same experience with Bob's solo efforts: just compare Kingfish with his 78/79 release HHtheFool? Or whatever it is...same bizarre cover with Bob looking clean and mainstream. Where are the skulls? Where's the interesting Mouse/Kelly artwork that made albums worth pondering over for hours?

Yikes!

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 8, 2010 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent Mydland

Always loved the Kelley/Mouse artwork - we always appreciated their artwork with any release - it was more than complimentary to the release, it defined the package/release. . . . always preferred their adaptation of Edmund Sullivan's Skeleton and Roses from his illustrations for 'The Rubyat of Omar Khayyam' and the subsequent 'Skull and Roses' over the 'Steal Your Face', and yet, I can accept the SYF images over those damn dancing bears . . . this is the Grateful Dead people, not Romper Room, Care Bears or Sesame Street! Where do the bears fit in? aaaaarrrrgh!!

When Kingfish came out, I was livin' in the heart of farm country. The locals my age had never heard the Dead, though some had heard of them, and a few folks had NRPS, the Byrds and Commander Cody albums. They loved Kingfish and went on to buy 'Europe 72' (Tennessee Jed, Brown Eyed Women), 'Workingman's Dead', 'Bear's Choice', and 'Skull and Roses' (basically all of each of the first sides of the 2 lps were their 'psychedelic country/cowboy heaven'). I moved away soon after, so I don't know what them rural folk thought of Bob's subsequent efforts, but I couldn't stand them - any of them. The last solo Bob effort that I could listen to and appreciate was his work with Ramblin' Jack Elliot about 10 years ago.